Cedar Falls, Iowa - The Wichita State University women's basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 60-57 win at Northern Iowa Saturday night.
Jessica Diamond scored 13 points and hit a pair of free throws in a one-and-one setting with 20 seconds remaining to lead the Shockers. Alex Harden contributed 12 points with several key shots down the stretch and Jazimen Gordon added 12 on 6-for-6 shooting.
The Shockers opened up a 13-point lead early in the second half, 45-32, after scoring eight of the game's first 10 points out of the break. Northern Iowa countered with a 7-0 run then pulled to within 49-46 with 8:37 left.
As the two teams struggled to score, WSU kept its lead, and Diamond's free throws with 20 seconds left expanded the Shocker lead from one point to 59-56.
Jacqui Kalin led UNI with 22 points, aided by 11-of-12 free throw shooting. No other Panther scored in double figures.
Following Thursday's hot start at Bradley, the Shockers connected on their first six shots from the field at UNI on Saturday. The team's efficient effort extended past the 12-minute mark, with the Shockers going 9-of-11 en route to an 18-11 lead. Wichita State led by as many as nine and took a 37-30 lead into halftime. Diamond led the team with nine points and Kalin topped UNI with 10.
The Shockers return home this week to face conference favorite Creighton at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night inside Charles Koch Arena. Creighton is 3-0 in the Valley heading into Sunday's contest vs. Indiana State.